Should You Go To The South Rim Or The West Rim?
Vegas is situated closest to the West Rim, but if you want to tour the South Rim, you can start your tour in Tusayan, Arizona. If you drive to Tusayan, you can start your air tour there, but you can also fly out of Vegas to the West or South Rim.
The flight from Vegas isn't wasted time, because you'll see many interesting sights from the air. For example, you'll get a fantastic view of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead from the air. The West Rim tours can be air only, or you can book a landing tour and spend some time at the Canyon. You'll see many scenic views as your airplane circles over the Canyon and heads back to Vegas. Landing tours are great though because you can add on additional adventures.
Landing at the West Rim
The West Rim is great for hiking since it has many scenic trails for all levels of ability, and it is also home to the famous Skywalk. The Skywalk is a massive lookout platform that is made from steel and glass. You'll feel like you're floating on air as you stand on a glass floor 70 feet beyond the edge of the rim and 4000 feet above the Canyon floor.
If you want even more from the West Rim, then I recommend adding on a helicopter that takes you to the bottom of the Canyon. This is a favorite trip of many Canyon regulars, and it really adds to the adventure and excitement. At the bottom you can enjoy a Champagne picnic, and you can even add on a boat ride that will allow you to explore some of the Colorado River. Being right inside the Canyon gives you a true impression of just how large and breathtaking it is, which is why so many people choose to add on this extra tour to their experience.
Airplane Tours Of The South Rim
Whether you start your tour in Arizona or take the hour long flight from Vegas to the South Rim, you'll be treated to many wonderful views during your tour. The airplane tour of the South Rim departs from Tusayan and it gives you about an hour of flight time during which you fly over about 70 percent of the whole National Park. This is the only tour that covers so much ground. Some sights include the remote wilderness of the North Rim, and the widest and deepest section of the Canyon. The South Rim is less crowded than the West Rim. If you want to go to the Canyon for the purpose of viewing natural landmarks and scenic beauty, then the South Rim is for you.
Be Prepared For Summer Temperatures
It can get extremely hot at the Canyon at this time of year, so if you're going for a landing tour at the West Rim, make sure you are prepared. Wear some thin and light clothing that covers as much skin as possible, and bring plenty of sunblock with you. You'll also need some snacks like trail mix or energy bars, and don't forget your bottled water.
Hopefully you now know a little bit more about what's on offer at the Grand Canyon. I do have some final advice, which is to book early and book online with your credit card. Confirming with your credit card means your seats will be secure, and you will also get the best available rate. Book at least two weeks in advance because ticket prices will increase as you get closer to the day you want to fly. Choose the best package for your budget, and be prepared for some of the world's best scenery. The Grand Canyon is like no other place on earth, and Memorial Day is one of the best times of year to get out there and see it.
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